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Tiny Christian relic found in Jerusalem

October 31, 2011

This recently unveiled 1,400 year old bone relic is a beautiful work of art and a fascinating reflection of faith.  According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, it’s also “the only well-preserved example to be found so far.”

An Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) restorer displays a Byzantine 0.8 by 0.6-inch (2 by 1.5cm) Christian icon box made of bone with a cross carved on the lid in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. The was likely carried by a Christian believer who lost it on one of Jerusalem's streets around the end of the 6th century A.D. Archaeologist Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority says the box is unique and offers the first archaeological evidence that the use of icons in the Byzantine period was not limited to church ceremonies.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

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